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Another Research Day

Another wonderful day to do some research. This time at The C.Robert Craig Memorial Library in The Ottawa Archives.
Sitting down with Mr. David C. Knowles. Thanks for all the resource material.

Having a blast looking into the past

Research on the three (3) stations and two (2) railway lines in Prescott is such a blast. Not only is the research on Prescott is going well but also other railways in Eastern Ontario (for upcoming documentaries).
What a blast into the past it is looking through the Branchline, the Bytown Railway Society magazine.

Thank you Bytown Railway Society the publications are wonderful and a great read, and helpful research.

Research Day 1 Prescott Ontario

Research Day one (Grenville County Historical Society), on the two railways and 3 stations in Prescott Ontario. It is always good to learn something new, I always thought there was only two lines and two stations that went through Prescott Ontario. I learnt today that there were 3.

The station at the end of the Bytown to Prescott (Canadian Pacific Railway), the station on the Grand Trunk Railway (Canadian National Railway). But there was one more, The Prescott Junction that intersected both lines.


 

Package and Fun Facts

We received this awesome package in the mail last week. A great addition to the research material, thanks to Mr. L. Bruce Chapman. Did you know that Bedell station was formally known as Kemptville Junction, then Kempton? It was later changed to Bedell after Dr. T. D. C. Bedell, formally of Merrickville, a Major in the 56th Regiment in WW1.

About 1829 Kemptville’s name was changed from Clothiers Mills to Kemptville, in honour of Sir James Kempt, Governor of Nova Scotia, who camped on the banks of the Rideau River.

 

Day 4 of filming Bedell and Kemptville

Forth Day of filming “Forgotten Railways in Eastern Ontario”. One day wasn’t enough, a second day of filming and chatting with Mr. Sam Gaw and learning about Bedell Railway station. It was a pleasure learning about Bedell in the 1940’s-1960’s. It is always great to learn about history.

Watch out for “Forgotten Railways in Eastern Ontario” Coming soon
Forgotten Railways in Eastern Ontario is a web-based Documentary Series that highlight different railways in Eastern Ontario that may have been discarded or repurposed by different cities, towns and municipalities in Eastern Ontario.